Thursday, June 19, 2008
CRAZY!!!! ISRAEL BASEBALL LEAGUE SAYS IT'S LAUNCHING SECOND SEASON ON JULY 27TH!! FOUR TEAMS, 20 GAMES: IS IT REALLY A LEAGUE AND REALLY A SEASON???
The president of the Israel Baseball League said today that the league is coming back for a second season, after all!
Despite a first season that left a mountain of debts, angry vendors, a mass exodus of its advisory board, and angry unpaid players, Dan Rootenberg says the league will begin play on July 27th, about a month behind schedule and in abbreviated form.
Despite a promise to expand this year from its six teams, the league will consist of four teams, and the season is being cut in half to twenty games. This has already led some observers to say the "season" is little more than a series of exhibition games.
League President Dan Rootenberg said it's important to acknowledge and learn from last year's mistakes. But he says the season is committed to laying the groundwork for 2009 and beyond. The announcement comes the day an independent movie about the IBL's creation, Holy Land Hardball, premieres in Silver Spring, Maryland.
No comment from embattled league founder Larry Baras.
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